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Ascension Is Not Getting A Full Series Order From Syfy, Here’s Why

AscensionSyfy has been in the process of redefining itself as a network and reestablishing a commitment to producing original content instead of the glut of schlocky creature features, reality shows, and professional wrestling. Some of their attempts have fared pretty well: 12 Monkeys is decent, Helix seems to have found an audience, as has Z Nation. Others, not as much. One project they had high hopes for, Ascension, didn’t hit quite like they hoped late last year, and it will not move forward as a series.

The network first ordered Ascension as an event series, which I always used to call a miniseries as a kid, their first such endeavor in six years. While it was intended to be a limited thing initially, they always had an eye on turning it into something bigger, working it into an ongoing series, much like they did with Battlestar Galactica years ago. According to Deadline, however, that is not going to happen.

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Rachel Nichols Is Optimistic About The Future Of Continuum, Here’s Why

ContinuumWe’re losing another strong science fiction show before too long, as Continuum is going the way of the buffalo. The embattled series, which is produced by Canada’s Showcase but airs in the U.S. on Syfy, was recently picked up for a fourth season, though it will be shorter than the previous three, and it has already been announced as the last one. But, because we live in a magical time with new platforms popping up all the time, and everyone scrambling for content, nothing is ever quite as dead as it used to be, and according to one of the show’s stars, this might not be the end.

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Syfy Is Turning This Hugo-Winning Sci-Fi Novel Into A Six-Part Miniseries

SpinSyfy’s new leaf has been turned over, for good or ill. Over the past year or so, Syfy has been touting the goal of becoming the go-to destination for smart sci-fi TV, and they’ve accompanied that change in direction with an ambitious development slate of projects like The Expanse and 12 Monkeys. Well, now we can add another entry to Syfy’s campaign to win fans’ hearts and minds: they’re turning Robert Charles Wilson’s Hugo-winning novel Spin into a six-hour miniseries.

Released in 2005, Wilson’s Spin kicked off a trilogy that continued in 2007’s Axis and 2011’s Vortex. So assuming Syfy’s Spin miniseries goes over well, there will be fodder for at least two follow-ups, should the network want them. This is early days, but they’re definitely starting out on solid footing, having hired screenwriter Jim Uhls (Fight Club) to adapt the book. Granted, Uhls also wrote Jumper, but I’m going to choose to remain optimistic here.

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Watch One Final 12 Monkeys Clip Before The Premiere On Syfy Tonight

So here we are, Syfy’s 12 Monkeys is set to debut on the network later tonight. If you’ve been tuning in here over the past week or so, you’ve seen the first portion of the pilot, broken up into bite-sized nuggets. And now that the premiere is finally upon us, they’re back with one final short clip.

When we last left off on our serialized adventure, James Cole (Aaron Standford) was telling the story of how a vicious plague showed up and wrecked up the joint for the entire human race. Or at least most of it, as 7 billion people fell to the Kalavirus. There are some survivors, however, but things have not been kind to them, and as the disease mutates and evolves, there is roughly one generation left, then humanity is kaput. This is the perfect time for a last minute desperation hail Mary, and when scientists in the future discover the pieces of an experimental time travel device, that’s exactly what they see: a possible reset switch, a way to beat the plague and save the future.

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The Expanse: Who’s Who And What’s What In That Amazing First Trailer

Of all the projects on Syfy’s suddenly ambitious development slate, the one I’m most looking forward to — and most dreading they might fuck up — is The Expanse, based on the stellar book series by James S.A. Corey. The first installment, 2011’s Leviathan Wakes, instantly became one of my favorite science fiction stories of all time, and the series pretty much has it all: action, mystery, interstellar politics, humor, and a richly detailed vision of a future where mankind has spread throughout the solar system, but not yet conquered the stars. Thankfully the first trailer for The Expanse hit yesterday, and it looks great. But if you haven’t read the books yet, it’s also hard to get a full sense of who’s who and what’s going on. Well, GFR has your back: we’ve pulled a ton of screencaps and will walk you through the world of The Expanse below. First off, here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it yet.

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The World Only Has One Generation Left In This 12 Monkeys Clip

At this rate, we’ll probably see at least the first 20 minutes of Syfy’s new 12 Monkeys series before it has it’s proper debut this Friday. Over the last few days the cable network has gradually been revealing the pilot in bits and pieces, starting with that nine-minute chunk. There will be five in total, and now we’ve got number four for your perusal.

As usual, this picks up where the last left off. In this case, James Cole (Aaron Stanford) wakes up three days after Dr. Cassandra Railly (Amanda Schall) patches him up, and after he’s had some crazy-ass fever dream, flashback-style hallucinations. Losing lots of blood and getting sewn up without anesthetic will do that to you. I also feel like someone at the fancy hotel they’re at would have called the cops after a crazy, ranting, blood-covered homeless man stumbled into their establishment, but maybe it’s the kind of place where the guests get all the leeway they want or need.

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